Access by train/transit:
Amtrak and MARC at New Carrollton
VRE at L'Enfant Plaza
Red Line transfer at Metro Center
Green and Yellow line transfer at L'Enfant Plaza
Shares many stations with the Blue and Silver lines
The DC Metro's ORANGE LINE runs east-west, from Vienna as the western
terminus, to New Carrolton on the eastern end, where you can catch MARC and some
The line has 26 stations, of which 17 are underground, 4 are on the surface on
the west end in the middle of I-66, and 5 stations are on the surface on the east end.
The Orange Line has the Falls Church Yard, just west of the West Falls Church station.
I'm going to skip "how to get here" for the most part, because the
system is spread out over such a large geographical area.
With that said, the western end rides in the middle of I-66 from the DC Beltway
west, and to the east until it goes underground.
Exit 62, Nutley Ave will get you to the Vienna station (outside the Beltway).
Exit 66, Leesburg Pike, will take you to the West Falls Church station (Inside the Beltway).
Exit 69, Langston Blvd, will get you to the East Falls Church station (also inside the Beltway).
REALLY IMPORTANT NOTE: As of the summer of 2022, I-66 is in a large re-construction project, extending
GPS Coordinates: 38.87770, -77.27177
This is the western end of the Orange line. There is an approximately
2,000 foot long stub track for off peak storage to the west of the platform,
and a double crossover just before coming into the station from the line.
Easy access from I-66, exit 62, Nutley Blvd. Approx 2.5 miles to the Dunn
Dunn Loring Station
GPS Coordinates: 38.88345, -77.22785
Difficult to get to easily, best bet is probably the US 50 exit (just south of
the I-66 exit), and take the first exit for Gallows Rd, and head north for 1.2
miles to the station. About 2.5 miles to the Vienna station, and 2.4 miles
to the West Falls Church station.
Signals for the DC Metro system are the -kinda- familiar
double-red/single-lunar white type color light signals, in housings similar to that of
the New York City subway system. These types are prevalent on systems that
are run "automatically", and the signals only appear at interlockings. The
two reds indicate stop, a solid lunar is clear for a straight thru move, and a flashing
the tracks are aligned for a diverging move.
Orange/Silver Line Split
Western Tunnel Portal
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